In this episode, Curt discusses a little known problem, Pink Collar Theft, with Kelly Paxton. Kelly runs the web site pinkcollarcrime.com and is helping to debunk the myths that many of us have about fire service embezzlement.
I just ran my numbers again and here is what I have for embezzlement theft from volunteer departments:
- 376 total cases 109 of which involve women thieves (includes criminal, civil and disciplinary)
- 196 criminal cases 55 of which are women thieves
- 24 total and 11 criminal cases involve husband and wife teams
For embezzlement theft from firefighter unions:
- 39 total cases of which 5 involve women
- 17 criminal cases of which 3 involve women
In the most recent example of Pink Collar Theft, Kathy Sue Gwinn, the former treasurer of the Teays Valley Volunteer Fire Department in West Virginia, pled guilty to embezzling more than $75,000 from the department. More on the story.